2016 Lawrenceville (GA) Central Gwinnett offensive tackle E.J. Price was an unknown coming into his sophomore season but he has hit recruiting circles in a big way since his season ended.
He's racked up several offers that include Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Ohio State, and Virginia.
Price talked about the excitement of an offer from the Buckeyes.
"I was very excited when Ohio State came," he said. "I was in class. My coach pulled me out of class and said the Buckeyes were in to see me. They saw my film, size, and grades and said it was all good. They said I had an offer and I was ecstatic. It's a great football team and a major football program."
Price spoke about former Central Gwinnett star and now current Buckeye, Trey Johnson.
"I didn't play football my freshman year," he stated. "This was my first season of playing. I didn't know Trey Johnson for that reason but I've heard great things about him from everyone. The administrators always talk about how great of a kid he was. Our coaches tell us how great of a leader he was in the locker room, too. I didn't have the opportunity to play with him though."
The Buckeye staff knows the coaching staff at Central Gwinnett well from their pursuit of Trey Johnson and Urban Meyer's time in the southeast. Price admitted that his school's connection to Ohio State could play a role.
"My school's connection to Ohio State could have an impact," Price told Scout. "I'm looking at several different schools. Coach Wofford is familiar with the coaches up at Ohio State and we are arranging a visit to get up there and see how it is. My coach will set everything up."
Another top recruit at Central Gwinnett is junior linebacker Adonis Thomas. He already holds an offer from Ohio State and Price is excited to go through his recruitment process alongside him.
"It's real cool to go through it all at same time as Adonis," Price mentioned. "Adonis was recruited like crazy even before the season. I wasn't because I hadn't played yet and nobody knew who I was. I was seeing what happened with Adonis and had no clue it would happen to me.
"I'm glad I'm going through it at the same time as him because I've seen how great he's handled it," Price added. "He can help me through it and I have somebody to relate to and get on me to stay humble. It's always great to look ahead but you always have to take care of business right now."
Ohio State will be a school that Price considers strongly going forward.
"I love their football team," he noted. "They get a lot of flak about their schedule but they can't control who they play and they always are taking care of business. Urban Meyer is a great coach. He put together a great team this year. I'm actually from Michigan. I know some history about Ohio State for that reason and I know how important that rivalry is."
"I actually have strong ties all over the midwest," he continued. "I have family that lives in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and also in Chicago."
Sophomore E.J. Price offered by the Buckeyes
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